Virginia Tech Adds Two Signees

BLACKSBURG, Virginia, May 12. THE Virginia Tech women's swimming and diving team has announced the signing of two swimmers to National Letters of Intent during the spring signing period. Becky Flora and Lindzi Smith will compete in the 2009-2010 academic year for the H2Okies.

Becky Flora comes to Tech from Reisterstown, Md., where she competed at the McDonogh School for head coach Scott Ward. Flora helped the Eagles claim their seventh straight Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland state title, winning the 200 and 500 freestyle events. Flora also swims for Scott Ward's club team in Maryland, the Eagles Swim Team. She was nominated for the Baltimore Sun Athlete of the Week four times this season, along with being named a high school All-American, while holding several high school and club team records.

Skinner on Flora: "Becky joins one of our best signing classes at Virginia Tech. With the addition of Becky next season, our freestyle depth will pose many problems for our ACC competitors. She has a keen ability to swim sprint to distance. We feel with the great guidance she has received from her high school head coach Scott Ward, she will excel at the college level very quickly. We are excited to watch Becky flourish in maroon and orange and feel she is one to watch during her time with the H2Okies."

Flora Top Times
100 FR: 51.98
200 FR: 1:51.72
500 FR: 4:48.84
1000 FR: 9:55.14
1650 FR: 16:48.16
200 BK: 2:05.15

Lindzi Smith, who hails from Marietta, Ga., excels in the sprint freestyle and sprint butterfly events. Smith joins the Tech squad after competing with the DYNAMO Swim Club and head coach Jason Turcotte. Smith has won multiple state titles and captained the Lassiter High School team to back-to-back 5A state championships. While helping lead her team to multiple state titles, Smith recorded three-straight All-American automatic times in the 100 fly event. Smith swam for head coach Glenn Meeden at Lassiter High School and has the intentions to major in psychology while at Virginia Tech.

Skinner on Smith: "We are really excited to have Lindzi join our program. It's also exciting to have another fine swimmer from the state of Georgia, a highly competitive swimming community, come to excel at Tech. Her addition will really bolster our sprint lineup, while she will also play an immediate role for us in the relays. We graduated a lot of accomplished sprinters this past year and we are excited about Lindzi joining the next generation of H2Okie sprinting."

Smith Top Times
50 FR: 23.77
100 FR: 51.56
200 FR: 1:52.82
100 FLY: 55.41

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